The first frost occurred as usual during the State Fair. No matter how warm the weather is beforehand, frost usually arrives during the third week in October.
The first frost turned the entire garden pewter, with sparkles.
Chrysanthemum 'Venus' was rather sad afterwards. Here she is before. (PS I don't care what those crazy taxonomists are calling mums these days, they will always be Chrysanthemums to me.)
The 'Autumn Amethyst' Encore Azaleas lost this crop of flowers but already has more. It almost always blooms into November, until a hard freeze kills all of the buds.
But, like always, 'Miss Bessie' is impervious to Jack Frost.
While everything else is winding down, frost and willow leaf aster 'Miss Bessie' are blooming with abandon, and the insects flock to them for food in droves.
I have a question for some of you photographers out there. Why is the sky so odd in some of the pictures? In some the sky looks perfect, real life blue, and in others it's an white with strange-looking clouds. Can you tell me why this is?